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Gaming the system

The Dizzying Grandeur of 21st-Century Agriculture, epic and depressing / a full(ish) review of Issue #1 of The Beano, 1938, at The Slipper. Sent us back to these surveys of the more problematic bits of Just William, including the infamous … Continue reading

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Space Brutalism

Martian concrete: Four of the entrants into NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, hosted at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center YouTube page: Team Kahn Yates; Team Northwestern University; Team SEArch+/Apis Cor; Team Zopherous / My First Pritzker, Ombu Architecture / wasn’t this … Continue reading

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Lens flare

An official and objective ranking of London’s 14 major rail terminals. The redevelopment of the ‘number one station’ involved the demolition of the old, idiosyncratic Britain at War Museum / someone is doing a fine job of preserving many largely … Continue reading

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On the beach

Abandoned Russia, complete with links to Google map locations / see also this trip to an abandoned submarine base in Broutona Bay, in the Kiril Islands / manufactured cats at Aaronland / woodcuts by Michael Renton / could it really … Continue reading

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Watch and listen

Art and music. Where have all the music blogs gone? From the comments, and elsewhere: Various Small Flames; Aquarium Drunkard; the currently dormant Ants in my Trance; songs for the day; mixes at Musicophilia; Mystic Sons / The Oldest Building … Continue reading

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Love for life

Like Punk Never Happened, Brian McCloskey’s Smash Hits archive (via this Guardian piece on How we made Smash Hits. See also (or compare and contrast with) the Archived Music Press site (currently five years dormant) / The Creepy Things, a … Continue reading

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Please enjoy your day on this planet

Starring the Computer, a website dedicated to the use of computers in film and television. The IBM AN/FSQ-7, a key component of the USAF Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE). With its many panels of flashing lights and general air of futurism, … Continue reading

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Beside the seaside

“Flooded Modernity”, an installation by Asmund Havsteen-Mikkelsen at Domus / Eight Logos for Trump’s Space Force, including ‘proposals’ from Milton Glaser and others / paintings by Francis Sills / an amazing sequence from Milos Forman’s 1971 film Taking Off.

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Say cheese

The London Society presents a selection of favourite London blogs / work by printmaker Alex Booker / the story of the Elcar, better known as the Zagato Zele (the latter link is to the great Small Cars Club) / a … Continue reading

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The view from here

A trip to East Croydon, via Bern (Part Two), a journey to explore housing prototypes at Modernist Estates / a new genre of documentary films are using the almost infinite repository of YouTube films to craft stories with a strong … Continue reading

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Sparks of joy

The evolution of water rendering in video games, via Gamasutra, via MeFi, a video in Digital Foundry’s impressive retro series / sort of related, how modern cars might have looked had they been designed in the past / the Globe-Union … Continue reading

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Pop

Peckham Heroes, four short films about making a living in modern Peckham / Colouring in Culture, a blog by Stephen Pritchard on ‘art, activism and politics in the place where we live’. Best read in conjunction with Development Aesthetics / … Continue reading

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One after the other

Some great animations of China’s mega machines, including the SLJ900 bridge building machine / Club Palace, a geometric wonderland at Nowness / Print! Tearing It Up, an exhibition about contemporary print design at Somerset House / Government admits rabies poster … Continue reading

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Breaking out

Birmingham then and now / Parabold, photographs by Stefan Bleihauer / Destination Modernism / video game art styles continue to impress: Sable (via the newly refreshed RPS) / sort of related, what happened next to No Man’s Sky / Film … Continue reading

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Ashes to ashes

The Decline of Snapchat and the Secret Joy of Internet Ghost Towns (via Laura Olin’s List). Related, the Last Days of Club Penguin and Exploring The Digital Ruins Of ‘Second Life’ / there are 487 electric car manufacturers in China … Continue reading

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On other worlds

On the FT’s infamous How to Spend It: “Compared with the truly fashionable, who are often less well-off, and have acquired their edge by having to choose between products,” says a prominent British writer on class and style, “seriously rich … Continue reading

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States of mind

Community Plumbing, ‘How the hardware store orders things, neighborhoods, and material worlds’ / Some reflections on my roadtrip across the western United States / The Disco Files: 1973-78, New York’s Underground Week by Week By Vince Aletti. See also Antonio … Continue reading

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Around the world

A small collection of random things. Hidden landscapes revealed by the UK’s heatwave / in search of Eton’s ‘General Total Failures’, a story about the ultra harsh ranking system of the British establishment’s favourite school / High-wire: a vertiginous ride … Continue reading

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First Class, all the way

The MGM Grand Air Service was a high rollin’, first class only plane ride between LAX and New York, founded by the late Kirk Kerkorian and as abjectly 90s glamour as you can possibly imagine. Inside the 727 / back … Continue reading

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Crosstown traffic

Swinging Hatchetts, the story of a pioneering London Night Club from 1968-1978 / Thurston Moore on Madonna’s no-wave past / found photo mystery, up for grabs. We have one of our own as well / Dale Kelley collects pulp art … Continue reading

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